Wednesday July 29th, 2015 00:01

4 Aug: Andrew O’Neill, Phaedra, and Penny Woolcock

Andrew O'Neill

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Andrew O’Neill – Mindspiders | The Phoenix | 4 Aug (pictured)
Tonight at the Phoenix Fringe, stand up comedian Andrew O’Neill uses his latest show to answer all the questions you were afraid to ask about heavy metal and its fans, with musical examples performed live. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Phaedra | The Cockpit | 4 Aug
One of tonight’s Camden Fringe performances is ‘Phaedra’, a solo dance piece based on ‘Hippolytus’ by Euripides, performed by Eirini Apostolatou and directed by Christiana Ioannou. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Penny Woolcock – Utopia | The Roundhouse | 4-23 Aug
Filmmaker, writer and artist Penny Woolcock takes over the main space at Camden’s Roundhouse with an installation created in partnership with Block9. ‘Utopia’ is a cityscape built form the stories of the lives of Londoners. Details and tickets here.

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Friday July 10th, 2015 00:01

16 Jul: Nomad Cinema, The London Open, and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

FILM: Nomad Cinema – Whiplash | Grosvenor Square | 16 Jul
As part of the Nomad Cinema’s summer season, tonight Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ will be screened in Grosvenor Square. Food and drink will be available, picnic are welcomes, and the film’s sound will be provided through wireless headphones, so you won’t be disturbed by rustling/birds/distant drumming/people who pay for cinema tickets and then won’t shut up. Sounds just my tempo. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers | Regents Park Open Air Theatre | 16 Jul – 29 Aug (pictured)
Director Rachel Kavanaugh reunites the creative team behind the Regents Park Open Air Theatre’s award-winning production of ‘The Sound Of Music’ to adapt another classic movie musical, ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’, with Alex Gaumond as Adam and Laura Pitt-Pulford as Milly. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: The London Open 2015 | The Whitechapel Gallery | 15 Jul – 6 Sep
Taking place every three years, The Whitechapel Gallery’s London Open exhibition aims to collect together the work of some of the capital’s most dynamic work. This year over 2000 applications have been whittled down to just 48, spanning sculpture, painting, performance, moving image, photography, printmaking and more. Free entry. Details here.

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Monday June 29th, 2015 00:01

5 Jul: Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Hepworth, and Fighting History

Audrey Hepburn

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

EXHIBITION: Audrey Hepburn – Portraits Of An Icon | National Portrait Gallery | 2 Jul – 18 Oct (pictured)
This photographic exhibition illustrates the life of actress Audrey Hepburn, who died in 1993 aged 63, covering her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life over more than 70 images. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Barbara Hepworth – Sculpture For A Modern World | Tate Britain | 24 Jun – 25 Oct
The first major Barbara Hepworth exhibition in London for almost 50 years, this retrospective features some of her most significant sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Fighting History | Tate Britain | 9 Jun – 13 Sep
From Ancient Rome to recent political upheavals, Fighting History looks at how artists have transformed significant events into paintings and artworks that encourage us to reflect on our own place in history. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 28th, 2015 00:01

4 Jul: Stewart Lee, Dan Clark, and Agnes Martin

Dan Clark

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Stewart Lee – Live At The Chapel | Union Chapel | 4 Jul
The Invisible Dot’s excellent ‘Live At The Chapel’ series continues with a night headlined by Stewart Lee, and featuring an amazing supporting line-up of Aisling Bea, Phil Wang, and Adam Riches, with Arthur Smith MCing. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Dan Clark – The Wow Wow Show | Soho Theatre | 7 Jun (pictured)
Dan Clark brings his British take on the classic American talk show to the Soho Theatre, with stand up, sketches, music and more, showcasing the finest in upcoming comedy talent, with music from house musicians the Wow Wow Band. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Anges Martin | Tate Modern | 3 Jun – 11 Oct
This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994. Covering the full breadth of her practice, this extensive exhibition will reveal Martin’s early and little known experiments with different media and trace her development from biomorphic abstraction to the mesmerising grid and striped canvases that became her hallmark. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 00:01

29 Jun: Stewart Lee, Wimbledon, and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Stewart Lee

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Stewart Lee – A Room With A Stew | Soho Theatre | 29 Jun – 3 Jul (pictured)
Stewart Lee continues his run of work in progress shows in preparation for the next series of ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’. Worth attending because it is Stewart Lee. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Wimbledon | The All England Lawn Tennis Club | 29 Jun – 12 Jul
There are few things as British as Wimbledon. Queuing. Eating strawberries and cream. Waiting for rain to pass. Shouting the name of a person because they are British. Being shushed for shouting. Being vaguely interested in a sport for a set period of time. It is our entire culture compressed into two weeks. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Summer Exhibition | Royal Academy | 9 Jun – 17 Aug
Packed full of work by emerging and established artists across a variety of media,The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition has been held every year since 1769, and they’re not about to stop now. Imagine if they just took a year off suddenly. For one thing we’d have to work out what the largest open submission exhibition in the world was, because currently this is it. Details here.

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Sunday June 21st, 2015 00:01

27 Jun: Luisa Omielan, Duane Hanson, and Doug Aitken

Luisa Omielan

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?! | Udderbelly | 26-27 Jun (pictured)
Luisa Omielan brings her acclaimed show ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ to the Udderbelly for two nights (tonight being the second, so move fast). This “party with jokes” is an emotionally upfront and unique show filled with positivity. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Duane Hanson | Serpentine Sackler Gallery | 2 Jun – 13 Sep
A retrospective of work by American sculptor Duane Hanson, who died in 1996. Throughout his 40 year career, he created lifelike sculptures portray the lives of working class Americans shown here at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Station To Station – A 30 Day Happening | Barbican | 27 Jun – 26 Jul
Doug Aitken’s “living exhibition” will take over the Barbican Centre for 30 days, featuring over 100 events (both free and ticketed) with no two days the same. See music recorded, vinyl pressed, art made, dancers dance, and more. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 7th, 2015 00:01

13 Jun: James Acaster, Luna Gale, and Carsten Höller

James Acaster

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: James Acaster – Represent | Udderbelly | 13 Jun (pictured)
James Acaster will be hanging around the Udderbelly on the Southbank this evening being funny. It is his job. And he will be on stage. And you will have to pay to see him. I should probably have been clearer about this at the offset. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Luna Gale | Hampstead Theatre | 13 Jun – 18 Jul
The latest play from multi award-winner Rebecca Gilman, ‘Luna Gale’ receives its premiere at the Hampstead Theatre, directed by Michael Attenborough. Caroline Cox has been working in The Department of Human Services. She thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets troubled teenagers Peter and Karlie, the parents of newborn Luna Gale. But as she digs deeper she discovers an array of unspoken motives amongst all the parties with an interest in Luna’s future. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Carsten Höller – Decision | Hayward Gallery | 10 Jun – 6 Sep
Good art makes you think, Carsten Höller’s forces you to. Interactive exhibition ‘Decision’ explores perception and decision making, starting before you even enter by giving you a choice of two entrances. From there you’re offered the chance to take pill, the contents of which you are not told, sleep in a roaming bed, fly over Waterloo Bridge, and drop down the artists’ Isomeric Slides. Details and tickets here.

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Monday May 4th, 2015 00:01

10 May: Christeene, Idris Khan and the Covent Garden May Fayre And Puppet Festival

Christeene

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: Christeene | The Laundry | 10 May (pictured)
Promising a “gender-bending booty-pounding perversion of punk, foul hilarity and raw unabashed sexuality”, Christeene hits East London venue The Laundry for one night only. See if you can decipher this ThreeWeeks interview with Christeene from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Covent Garden May Fayre And Puppet Festival | St Paul’s Church Garden | 10 May
This year marks the 40th anniversary of this annual event, which celebrates the first performance of Punch & Judy in Covent Garden in 1662 (witnessed by Samuel Pepys and recorded in his diary, handily). Various activities and events will take place throughout the day, including of course performances of the show itself. Details here.

VISUAL ART: Idris Khan – Conflicting Lines | Victoria Miro | 1 May – 6 Jun
A new exhibition of large-scale works from Idris Khan. The composite photographs are created from a series of oil stick paintings and a process of overlaying lines of writing repeatedly painted onto a minimal ground, until the language becomes obscured. Details here.

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Sunday April 12th, 2015 00:01

18 Apr: Catriona Knox, Sonia Delaunay, and a Battersea Arts Centre fundraiser

Catriona Knox

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Catriona Knox – Thinks She’s Hard Enough | Soho Theatre | 16-18 Apr (pictured)
Character comedian Catriona Knox’s 2014 Edinburgh show gained her high praise – including this 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks. You can find out more about the show in this TWL interview and catch the last of three performances of the show at the Soho Theatre tonight. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser | Royal Festival Hall | 18 Apr
A night of comedy, theatre, music, cabaret and more to raise money for repair work at the Battersea Arts Centre, following the fire that caused huge damage to the building last month. Among those on the bill are Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Bridget Christie, Arthur Smith, Mackenzie Crook, Lemn Sissay, Toby Jones, the BAC Beatbox Academy, and the Kneehigh Band. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: The EY Exhibition – Sonia Delaunay | Tate Modern | 15 Apr – 9 Aug
Over a 60 year career, Parisian artist Sonia Delaunay became a key figure in European abstract art. This exhibition draws together work across a range of media, including paintings, textiles, clothes, and collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 19th, 2015 00:01

25 Mar: Bob And Roberta Smith, Creditors, and What She Will

Creditors

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

THEATRE: Creditors | Jack Studio Theatre | 24 Mar – 11 Apr (pictured)
Neil Smith’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s play is a darkly comic telling of how old debts can come back to haunt us. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: What She Will | Bridewell Theatre | 25-28 Mar
Presented through the eyes of William Shakespeare’s wife, Ann Hathaway, and using scenes and songs from the bard’s plays, ‘What She Will’ explores the lives of the real life women who inspired the characters in his works. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Bob And Roberta Smith – Why I Am So Angry | Handel Street Projects | 11 Mar – 9 May
Being displayed in the run up to the General Election in May, ‘Why I Am So Angry’ is Bob And Roberta Smith’s stand against the Conservative party’s attacks on art. “In a time of difficulty, culture can bring hope”, says Bob, both explaining the content and context of the exhibition. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 14th, 2015 00:01

20 Mar: Chic, Alexander McQueen, and Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Margaret Thatcher – Queen Of Soho | Leicester Square Theatre | 17-21 Mar (pictured)
Margaret Thatcher sings and jokes her way through this show about gay rights, the 80s and disco, which was the talk of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. At the risk of shattering the illusion, I should probably tell you it’s not actually Margaret Thatcher on stage. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers | The Roundhouse | 20-21 Mar
Nile Rodgers wrote all the songs. All of them. Well, a lot of them. So many that he needs two nights at The Roundhouse to fit them all in. This show will also mark the release of Chic’s first new single in 23 years. So that’s one more song to put on the list. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty | V&A | 14 Mar – 2 Aug
The first exhibition to celebrate the work of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen in Europe, expanded from its original showing at at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York in 2011, spans his his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished autumn/winter 2010 collection. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 10th, 2015 00:01

16 Mar: Joshua Reynolds, Fashion On The Ration, and The 2000 Year Old Man

Fashion On The Ration

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

EXHIBITIONS: Fashion On The Ration – 1940s Street Style | Imperial War Museum | 5 Mar – 31 Aug (pictured)
How did fashion survive under 1940s ration? This exhibition at the Imperial War Museum shows how men and women created and adapted clothes and accessories to ensure that war and austerity did not force them to give up on their appearances. It also shows how this still has an effect on fashion today. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The 2000 Year Old Man | JW3 | 9-22 Mar
Back in 1960, before ‘The Producers’, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner wrote ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’, a comedy routine pitched as an interview with an extremely elderly man (I reckon you can guess how old) about the many historical figures he has known in his long life. A best-selling album at the time, the show has never been performed live in the UK until now – featuring actor Kerry Shale in the title role and comedian Chris Neill as the interviewer. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Joshua Reynolds – Experiments In Paint | The Wallace Collection | 12 Mar – 7 Jun
This free exhibition gives access to an array of paintings by Joshua Reynolds, widely considered to be one of the greatest portraitists of the eighteenth century. The show offers a snapshot of Joshua Reynolds’s creative process, and reveals discoveries made during a four-year research project into the Reynolds works in the Wallace Collection. Details here.

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Sunday March 8th, 2015 00:01

14 Mar: Noel Fielding, FutureFest, and The Great Home Hack

Noel Fielding

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

FESTIVALS: FutureFest | Vinopolis | 14-15 Mar
FutureFest aims to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come. Cool, huh? An array of exciting speakers will ponder how why might view politics, technology, money, music and more in decades to come. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Noel Fielding – He Wore Dreams Around Unkind Faces | Royal Albert Hall | 14-15 Mar
Open from 7-17 Mar to people attending shows at the Royal Albert Hall, this weekend gives a chance for all-comers to take a look at comedian Noel Fielding’s latest exhibition of his art. A mixed media artist, this show see Fielding working exclusively in watercolour, though with the surreal visual style you would expect. Details here.

WORDS & EVENTS: The Great Home Hack | Fulham Palace | 13-15 Mar
Curated by Channel 4’s Max McMurdo, the weekend will include workshops and live demonstrations of how to upcycle and adapt items from your own home to improve the way you live. There will also be wine, because somehow this is supposed to mark the 40th anniversary of Brancott Estate wines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 6th, 2015 00:01

12 Mar: Wink, Laura Welsh, and Convergence Festival

Laura Welsh

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

FESTIVALS: Convergence | various venues | 12-22 Mar
Bringing together music and visual art that use technology in new and interesting ways, Convergence takes place in various venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church. There are numerous events scheduled over the course of the festival, kicking off with tonight’s opening party, with live performances from Clark, Vessels and Rival Consoles. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Laura Welsh | Electrowerkz | 12 Mar (pictured)
Hotly-tipped musician Laura Welsh, fresh from an appearance on the soundtrack of ’50 Shades Of Grey’, will headline a show at Electrowerkz in Islington tonight. She’ll be performing tracks from her fresh-out debut album, ‘Soft Control’, four of which you can listen to here – including her duet with John Legend, ‘Hardest Part. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Wink | Theatre503 | 10 Mar – 4 Apr
John is a 27 year old teacher, Mark is one of his sixteen year old pupils. After school, Mark dreams of another life, and starts to build it online. Unfortunately, that life already belongs to John. Written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and directed by Jamie Jackson, ‘Wink’ explores two lives heading for collision. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 00:01

9 Mar: Jerry’s Girls, Inventing Impressionism, and Female Film Critics

Salon Discussion: Female Film Critics

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

MUSICALS: Jerry’s Girls | St James Theatre | 3-15 Mar
Some classical Broadway for you here, with a musical revue based on the songs of multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Created in 1981 by Herman and Larry Alford, ‘Jerry’s Girls’ collectors songs from musicals including ‘Hello Dolly!’, ‘Mame, Mack And Mabel’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inventing Impressionism | National Gallery | 4 Mar – 15 May
The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the entrepreneurial art dealer who discovered the Impressionists – a term originally meant to be derogatory. In the late nineteenth century, as they struggled for acceptance, Durand-Ruel took a punt on the likes of Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley and came out smiling (though not before he near bankrupted himself a couple of times in his devotion to the new style and its creators). Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Salon Discussion – Female Film Critics | BFI Southbank | 9 Mar (pictured)
Marking yesterday’s International Women’s Day, the BFI is hosting this discussion exploring the history of female film critics. Pamela Hutchinson, Sophie Mayer, Francine Stock and Catherine Wheatley will sit on a panel chaired by Sight & Sound’s Production Editor Isabel Stevens. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 2nd, 2015 00:01

8 Mar: Lardo, The Collector, and Mr Elbank’s Beard

Lardo

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

THEATRE: The Collector | The Space | 3-14 Mar
Written by Mark Healey and based on the novel by John Fowles, this Lotte Ruth Johnson-directed production follows reclusively entomologist Frederick Clegg and the latest addition to his collection – not an insect but rather art student Miranda Grey. He attempts to keep her in a manner he feels she will enjoy so that he can admire her, she struggles to understand why she is being held against her will in a cellar with no seeming desire for ransom or sex. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lardo | Old Red Lion | 3-29 Mar (pictured)
Lardo dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. When this dream becomes a reality, and he becomes an overnight sensation, his personal life descends into something reminiscent of a wrestling storyline. “The story sees how he copes when he is pushed to his own limit, and how those people he innocently neglected choose to help him, or not, when things get too tough”, says lead actor Daniel Buckley in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Mr Elbank – Beard | Somerset House | 5-29 Mar
Beards, eh? There’s everywhere at the moment. Not least at Somerset House, where photographer Mr Elbank is exhibiting over 80 portraits of people and their facial hair. The show comprises Elbank’s ‘#Project60′ collection, created for skin cancer charity Niggles’ Beard Season, plus new and previously unseen works. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday February 12th, 2015 00:01

18 Feb: Grainne Maguire, Elliphant and Robin Lee’s Regrets

Gráinne Maguire

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: What Has The News Ever Done For Me? | Aces And Eights Bar | 18 Feb (pictured)
Comedian Grainne Maguire’s monthly topic panel show returns, with another three stand-ups called upon to convince the audience why their chosen news story is the one everyone should care about. Previous nights have asked such burning questions as, ‘Which is the more important of cuts to the NHS and the B*Witched reunion?’ Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Elliphant | XOYO | 18 Feb
Swedish genre-spanning singer, rapper and now iPad advert star Elliphant heads to London for a headline show at XOYO to give a taste of her debut album. An all too rare opportunity to see this up-and-coming star. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART/EVENTS: Regrets | Barts Pathology Museum | 18 Feb
This exhibition of Robin Lee’s art made with real life hearts is on show at Barts Pathology Museum throughout February. However, this ticketed evening event will give attendees the chance to view the work alongside the artist. There will also be heart-themed food and drink (Marinated ox heart, Bloody Mary served in syringes etc) created by chef Andy Evans, plus live music. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 30th, 2015 00:01

5 Feb: Tony Law, Alpines and Marlene Dumas

Tony Law

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Marlene Dumas – Image As Burden | Tate Modern | 5 Feb – 10 May
The Tate hosts a display of works from South African painter Marlene Dumas, who’s known for her psychologically-charged style and leanings towards themes of sexuality, love, death and shame. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Green Milk Comedy Night w/ Tony Law | The Pipeline | 5 Feb (pictured)
This brand-new-as-can-be comedy night, which is based in a basement on Liverpool Street, is headlined by whimsical Canadian wild man Tony Law, and features Wales’ Welshest Matt Rees and duffel coat-loving stand-up Harriet Kemsley. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Unicef Next Generation After-Party w/ Alpines | Village Underground | 5 Feb
Children’s charity Unicef presents this ‘London-themed’ event in aid of its Syria Appeal. Kingston synth-pop pair Alpines play live, with DJ sets on the bill by ‘next gen’-type bright new things Any1 Bro and MNEK. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday December 17th, 2014 13:19

New Year’s Eve in London 2014

Queen & Adam Lambert

And the ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events happening this New Year’s Eve are…

A Bowie Odyssey | Shacklewell Arms
Capping off an astral 2014 for the Starman (what with the release of his latest greatest hits compilation ‘Nothing Has Changed’, and all), it’s this party from Ziggy mega-fans House Of Jealous Lovers & Brain Wash, which features karaoke, facepainting, a fancy dress contest and ‘Labyrinth’-ine visuals. Let’s dance! Details and tickets here.

Black Butter Records NYE | Electric Brixton
This 9pm-6am all nighter, hosted by taste-making label Black Butter, features an unbelievable NYE spread including BB royalty Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Woz and Wayward and, crowning it all, the final live appearance by Biasonic label boss and breakbeat/garage man Zed Bias. Details and tickets here.

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club New Year’s Extravaganza 2014 | Brooklyn Bowl
If you want some quality funk and soul in your ears as the new year rises up before you, then head down to the O2 Dome complex and its Brooklyn Bowl venue. Here’s BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles will be hosting a night with a range of DJ and live guests. Details and tickets here.

Queen & Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben – Live | Central Hall Westminster (pictured)
THE Queen and their intern Adam Lambert will play their (Queen’s) hits at this special yet pretty pricey (tickets start at £118.15) New Year’s Eve show near Big Ben, and hey, it’s even going to be screened live on BBC One, slotting in around the River Thames fireworks display, and all that jazz. “OK – let’s rock into 2015!”, says Brian May. Details and tickets here.

Moondance NYE 2014 | The Scala
Moondance has an impressive show lined up at The Scala in Kings Cross, with old skool drum n bass, jungle, house, acid house and club classics all covered. Amongst the many names on the bill are Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Donovan ‘Bad Boy’ Smith, Hamilton, The Ragga Twins and loads more. Details and tickets here.

NYE at Fabric | Fabric
Always a winner, Fabric is back for its sixteenth annual New Year’s Eve blowout, this year headlined by Seth Troxler, Scuba and Jackmaster. Also on hand will be CW/A (live), PBR Streetgang, Magda, Heartthrob and, of course, residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis. Details and tickets here.

NYE at The Lexington w/ White Heat | The Lexington
Whilst indie disco party White Heat might’ve lost its Soho base of years and years – the now-closed Madame JoJos – earlier this year, the party goes on tonight at The Lexington, with lasers, smoke machines party poppers and on the decks, White Heat residents and Nightcare. Details and tickets here.

Slide & Get Diverted NYE w/ Gilles Peterson | Prince Of Wales, Brixton
The teams from Slide and Get Diverted go crew-to-crew with this big, Brixton-based mix of smooth global jams, headlined by the king of crate-digging Gilles Peterson, and also playing host to luminaries like Simbad and Eskimo Twins. Details and tickets here.

Vagabondz | Secret East London warehouse location
Congo Natty will be heading up the Vangabondz NYE bash, which features a great line-up of supporting spinners. Mala & Coki (aka Digital Mystikz) will be there, as will Sub Phizix & Strategy, MJ Cole, Newham Generals, Flava D & Moony and Goede. Details and tickets here.

Wiggle & Superfreq present Superwigglefreq | Number 90
And finally, Mr C will be up to no good with Wiggle and Superfreq at Number 90 down in Hackney Wick. As will Evil Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Malchevsky & The Little Dude, plus a secret special guest. If you can hack it, there’s an afterparty to take you through New Year’s Day at The Star Of Bethnal Green too. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 5th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 11 December 2014 in London

Little Simz

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

EXHIBITION/PHOTOGRAPHY: Skinhead – An Archive | Ditto Press | 11 Dec
Coinciding with Ditto’s latest publication, a book tracing the lineage of the skinhead in art and society, this good-looking display of photography and ‘printed material’ features reactionary designs by menswear creative Martine Rose, DJs from NTS Radio, and free drinks. And the event itself, is free. Details here.

MUSIC: Little Simz + M.O | XOYO | 11 Dec
20 year old Islington rap prodigy Little Simz, who’s tipped by many (not least Jay-Z, via his Life + Times blog) to ‘break big’ in 2015, highlights her first EP ‘EDGE’, and litter of past mixtapes, with this headline show presented by Wireless Festival. Cool girl trio M.O and hip hop pairing OCD (aka Moosh & Twist) also play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Knight Of The Burning Pestle | Sam Wannamaker Playhouse | 11 Dec – 11 Jan 2015
Jacobean satirist Francis Beaumont’s ‘several plays within a play’, which is back in a puff of wig powder following a spirited first whip-crack at the candle-lit Wannamaker earlier this year, features Phil ‘Parklife’ Daniels and Pauline McLynn as a stage-heckling grocer and his wife. Details and tickets here.

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